More Children Left Behind Persuasive Essay

More Children Left Behind
A criticism of the No Child Left Behind Act.
# 117635 | 1,025 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 13, 2009 in Political Science (U.S.) , Law (General) , Education (General)

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This paper contends that the American government is responsible for the failure of American public schools and that children are not receiving sufficient education. The paper explains that the attempt made to improve the quality of education started in 2002, with the signing of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The paper argues that the Act has only worsened the situation and has devalued educational worth and that the intended goals that are planned to be met are highly unrealistic and generate a slower academic progression amongst students. The paper also analyzes how the NCLB puts a hindrance on a child's academic progress and how students' needs are simply not being met.

From the Paper:

"NCLB puts a hindrance on a child's academic progress by mainstreaming. The government and the Department of Education need to realize how much diversity is present within the public schools. A kid who has ADHD or a child with limited English are the ones benefiting from NCLB; meanwhile, they are also the ones holding their peers back. What about the average student, or the gifted child? Why should they be forced to slow down and waste their valuable learning time in order for the other kids to catch up? How is this success? Children need individual adjustments made sometimes, and it is the schools responsibility to accommodate to their needs. The unfair thing about it all is the students will be the ones who suffer in the end. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hottel, Trystin. Personal interview. 29 Nov. 2009.
  • McCall Martha S., Gage G. Kingsbury, and Allan Olson. Individual Growth and School Success. Lake Oswego: NWEA, 2004. Print
  • "No Child Left Behind." Issues & Controversies On File. n.pag. Issues & Controversies. On File News Services, 7 Dec. 2007. Web. 28 Nov. 2009.
  • Olson, Allan. "Computerized Adaptive Testing." Northwest Evaluation Association. NWEA Growth Research Database, Apr. 2004. Web. 28 Nov. 2009
  • Radia, Kirit. "Bush Urges Continuation of No Child Left Behind." ABC. ABC, 8 Jan. 2009. Web. 29 Nov. 2009.

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